NSF CCRI Award #2120411

Open AI Cellular (OAIC)

Open AI Cellular (OAIC) is an NSF CISE research infrastructure project that brings together investigators from NextG Wireless Lab@Mason, Mississippi State University (MSU), and Wireless@Virginia Tech (VT) to develop a software infrastructure that spurs research and development on artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled cellular radio networks. OAIC provides a fully open-source infrastructure platform that provides software architecture, library and toolset that encompass both the AI controllers (OAIC-C) as well as an AI testing framework (OAIC-T) for enabling 6G Radio Access Networks.

This OAIC research infrastructure:

  • Specifies the methodology along with the technical requirements, a reference architecture and design to facilitate collaborative software development.

  • Designs and develops the fundamental OAIC-C software library for common software-defined radio (SDR) platforms.

  • Facilitates systematic and exhaustive testing with the OAIC-T framework on community wireless research testbeds that are accessible to researchers.

  • Develops verification tools and resources to facilitate rapid prototyping and testing as well as offers a variety of user services, such as mailing lists, code repositories, and learning materials.

  • Implements a variety of community engagement and outreach processes, including the organization of workshops to engage with and leverage the community for long-term maintenance and sustainability.

How will wireless community benefit?

  • OAIC (both OAIC-C and OAIC-T) will a fully open-source community research infrastructure.

      • Source code will be be made available via Github and/or OAIC website.

      • OAIC SDR testbed will be remotely accessible via website and/or terminal

  • Use OAIC-C to build your own AI controllers (using near-RT RIC and/or RT RIC) for PHY, MAC (and possibly higher layers) RAN functionalities

  • Use OAIC-T to test your AI-controlled RAN functionalities. (Source code will be made available as well.)

  • All the collected dataset will be made available. You can remotely utilize OAIC testbed platform to collect your own dataset for experimental/verification purposes.

  • All the documentation, services, tools will be made available. OAIC platform will be also be remotely available.

Relevant Publications

[1] Aly S. Abdalla, Pratheek S. Upadhyaya, Vijay K. Shah, and Vuk Marojevic, "Towards Next Generation Open Radio Access Network -- What O-RAN Can and Can not Do!", in IEEE Network Magazine 2022. [Preprint]

[2] Upadhyaya, Pratheek S., Aly S. Abdalla, Vuk Marojevic, Jeffrey H. Reed, and Vijay K. Shah. "Prototyping Next-Generation O-RAN Research Testbeds with SDRs." in IEEE VTC Magazine, 2022 (Under review). [Preprint]